Here is a quick review and some pics and some clips. Sorry it took so long! lol!
I purchased this used off ebay recently, and although it differs cosmetically from the production model of the KR7, internally it is the same. List is around 2800.00.
To start off with, I am not particularly a Slipknot fan; in fact I do not really know much about the group at all. I was looking for a new amp that had the definition of my Pitbull UL, but with more features. I had always enjoyed Riveras, and when this one became available I snapped it up.
I have not totally delved into this amp yet. I have basically set up three of four tones just to get used to it so far. My impressions so far are as follows:
The clean channel is great, I mean really really great for a high gain amplifier. With the reverb turn on it sounds awesome.
The second channel is very good as well, however when the boost is turned on it seems like there is some slight compression going on that I am not very happy with.
The third channel has ungodly amounts of gain, and I have set that up for soloing. It has a great sound, but currently I feel the sustain is lacking a little bit.
The amplifier comes with Riveraís headmaster midi control, and I must say this is a great feature! You can turn on and off the different channels, boost, reverb, etc and program the different desired settings into patches. It makes this amp so versatile itís incredible. My only complaint with this feature is that the amp has several push/pull settings that cannot be controlled via midi. Overall though this feature almost makes this amp into a four-channel amp, itís great!
Complete specs can be found at:
As I continue to familiarize myself with this amplifier I will amend this post and create a more polished review. I do like it more than the Pitbull, but it does have the same issue as the Pitbull that is a great strength and potential weakness. The KR7 is very articulate and every note comes through very well. Unlike a rectifier, which tends to ďglossĒ notes together this amp really lets them come through. Every guitar sounds different through it. So while this can be very desirable, it also makes it much harder to cover up sloppiness or mistakes.
The following four clips were made quickly purely for tone examples. Clip one is the clean channel with the reverb on. Clip two is channel two with out the boost on. Clip three is channel two with the boost on for a lead. Clip four is channel three with some faster lower register riff. All four clips were made with the Charvel San Dimas Model 2 2H guitar. The mic was a Shure SM57 into an Allen and Heath console outputted into a DP 2408 for my DAW.
here is a link to a http://home.comcast.net/~freemrtn/review/clean_KR7.mp3
here is a link tohttp://home.comcast.net/~freemrtn/re..._channel_2.mp3
channel two w/o boost
here is a link to http://home.comcast.net/~freemrtn/re...el_2_boost.mp3
channel two with boost
here is a link to http://home.comcast.net/~freemrtn/re..._channel_3.mp3